What is Cancer Registry?
- The registry performs at least annual lifetime follow-up of cancer patients who are diagnosed and/or first treated at the reporting facility.
- The registry allows the retrieval of important data, excluding patient identifiers, to analyze long-term survival and treatment data.
- The registry provides current diagnosis and treatment information and education to medical staff for the continual improvement of patient care.
Why a Cancer Registry?
Lifetime medical observation of patients is considered one of the most important aspects of cancer care. Your date last seen and how you are doing (your vital status) is recorded in your patient abstract.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) established a State Cancer Registry in 1990 and made cancer a reportable disease.
A copy of the chapter 246-102 WAC Cancer Reporting can be obtained from the Cancer
Registry. A federal law mandating cancer registries (Public Law 102-515) became law on Oct. 24, 1992.
How Does a Cancer Registry Operate?
A Cancer Registry operates a computerized data system that records significant facts about your medical history and treatment in relation to your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of cancer. The information may later be used to remind your physician about the need for your periodic re-examination. This information is always treated in a confidential manner, as is any other medical record.
How Does This Help You?
Physicians have learned that a systematic approach to lifetime follow-up helps assure both you and future patients the best cancer care available. Your condition should be reviewed for possible evidence of cancer recurrence, spread of disease, new cancers, treatment complications and the practice of preventive measures.
Cancer Registry Membership
You may be issued a Cancer Registry Wallet Card. This card states that we will follow your progress for your lifetime through you and/or through the cooperation of your friends, family and clinician.
This card reminds you that should you move or change physicians, we need to be informed so that you will have continuity of care and follow-up information regarding your disease status and further treatments can be documented.